Can We End 'The End of College' Already?

John Warner, Inside Higher Ed, Mar 12, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

More pushback against the 'end of college' theme (ironically in an issue of Inside Higher Ed that also discusses the closure of Sweet Briar college). This post addresses Kevin Carey's argument (discussed here) on 'The End of College'. I'm generally critical of Carey, but I'm really put off by the tone of this article, which seeks mostly to belittle him. Warner's criticism is, essentially, "In Carey’s formulation, because an already highly educated professional can pass an online Biology course, we are on the cusp of a revolution." Perhaps Warner should recall that, not so long ago, it would have been very difficult even for a highly educated professional to take a course in biology. Belittling Carey won't change what is happening in the environment.

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